It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Colorado rodeos are a mainstay of summer excitement, the size, and scope ranging from small town to nationally prominent. More than two dozen events are held throughout the state during the summer. Of course, there’s the National Western Stock Show each January at the National Western Complex in Denver, with all its pageantry and rodeo thrills.
Various Colorado Rodeos and fairs are going on throughout the West. Here are some of our favorites:
Celebrate the American rodeo in Kiowa, Colorado. This rodeo takes place on the 23rd and 24th of June. Learn more.
LOCATION: Elbert County Fairgrounds, which is located southeast of Denver.
A heritage fair that includes 4-H events, a livestock auction, entertainment, a craft brew fest, a kick-off dinner, and more. The fair takes place the last weekend of July- 28th through the 30th.
LOCATION: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora, CO.
The Greeley Stampede takes place in late June and early July and draws upwards of a quarter-million attendees. Attractions include the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo, a carnival, the Big Buckle Ball, art exhibits, and a Fourth of July parade. Cattlemen’s Days in Gunnison started in the 1800s when ranchers got together between spring calving and summer haying to take a much-needed break. They competed with each other in riding and roping, and today the event includes a PRCA rodeo, livestock exhibits, parade, dog show, carnival, and dance.
LOCATION: These events are held at the Greeley Stampede Grandstand in Greeley, CO. Greeley is east of Loveland and southeast of Fort Collins.
One of the oldest rodeos in Colorado is the Royal Gorge Rodeo. This rodeo features all the traditional rodeo events and more. This series gets underway in May.
LOCATION: The rodeo is held at the Jack Merris Arena just south of Cañon City, CO.
This series has 10 scheduled rodeos and 3 Special events lined up for this summer and fall. The first rodeo is scheduled to start June 7th, and continues through August 23rd. Find all the details here. Their mission is to promote the sport of rodeo and preserve the Western heritage in a positive family atmosphere.
LOCATION: La Plata County Fairgrounds, Durango, CO. Durango is located in southwest Colorado.
Known as the highest-elevation rodeo in Colorado. This rodeo has established itself as a premier event in the CPRA Association with the highest added-money purses. You can anticipate watching some of the West's best participants. This rodeo takes place the send weekend of June - 13th & 14th; more info.
LOCATION: Cripple Creek Fairgrounds just west of the Town of Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek is located west of Colorado Springs and north of Cañon City.
Join in on the fun at the "biggest little rodeo in Colorado." The town comes alive with a parade, BBQ, Street Dance, Rocky Mnt Oyster fry, and more. This rodeo takes place the last weekend of June - 24th, 25th & 26th.
LOCATION: Jackson County Fair Grounds just outside of Walden, CO. Walden is in northcentral Colorado.
This rodeo series begins the first weekend in July and continues through August 12th. Learn more about the High Country Stampede Rodeo series. Gates open at 4 pm, kicking off with the western BBQ.
LOCATION: John Work Arena, Fraser, CO. Fraser is north of Winter Park.
The Steamboat rodeo series is every Friday and Saturday, June 23rd - Aug 26th, including July 3rd and 4th. Gates open at 5:30, starting with a BBQ. The rodeo is a heritage event for Steamboat dating back to somewhere around 1898.
LOCATION: Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, right in the heart of Steamboat Springs, CO.
Come celebrate the American spirit over the 4th of July at the Plateau Valley Heritage Days Celebration. This long 4th of July weekend beings July 2nd and goes through the 4th. With a Fireman's breakfast kicking off the 4th of July, followed by a full day of events, a parade, kids carnival, BBQ & Fish Fry, entertainment, and the evening rodeo.
LOCATION: Collbran Fairgrounds in Collbran, CO. Collbran is on the western slope, north of the Grand Mesa.
The Mesa County Fair & Carnival is a Western slope heritage fair and carnival event held over the 4th of July weekend—Begining July 7th and running through July 16th. You can expect a full lineup of 4-H events, carnival rides, art shows, kid zone, entertainment, monster trucks, rodeo, and more. This event prides itself on being a clean and healthy source of family entertainment.
LOCATION: Held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction, CO.
Visit South Park Colorado, and celebrate in true American spirit at the Park County Fair & Rodeo. This event is ongoing from July 7th through the 16th. You can expect a full line-up of 4-H events, a parade, an open shoot, art, photography, culinary specialties, entertainment, rodeo events, and more.
LOCATION: Park County Fairgrounds, in Fairplay, CO.
Check out the Caffe County Fair this September. The fair is ongoing from September 1st through the 9th. Expect 4-H events, local garden harvest, photography, arts & crafts, Christmas corner, livestock, and a rodeo. Plus a carnival and a demolition derby with several categories of vehicles.
LOCATION: Caffee County Fairgrounds just east of Poncha Springs
Come check out some real western rodeo'n. The San Miguel Basin Rodeo is the last weekend in July, the 28th & 29th. Traditional rodeo events will be exhibited, followed by an afterparty on the 29th.
LOCATION: San Miguel County Fairgrounds in Norwood, CO.
This County Fair and rodeo takes place every year on the first weekend of August. Events include horse races, car races, a concert, food vendors, 4-H, rodeo, and carnival.
LOCATION: Phillips County Fairgrounds in Fairplay, CO.
This rodeo series starts June 3rd and is a weekly event through July 29th. All the traditional rodeo events are held, plus a special 4th of July event and festivities.
LOCATION: Flying Heels Arena in Granby, CO.
Come check out a traditional fair & rodeo at the Montrose County Fair & Rodeo going on between July 22nd and July 30th. This event will host all the traditional 4-H events, a junior livestock auction, horse show events for both English and Western riders, a tractor pull, a parade, a rodeo, and more.
LOCATION: Montrose County Fairgrounds in Montrose, CO.
The Fremont County Fair is a series of events, carnivals, and rodeos starting May 31st and going through August 5th. The official Fremont County Fair begins July 29th. The fair and ongoing events include rodeos, carnivals, a junior livestock sale, car races, arts & crafts shows, and more.
LOCATION: Fremont County Fairgrounds in Florence, CO.
The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo features 4-H events, arts & crafts, several horse shows, and a junior rodeo. This late-season fair begins August 6th and runs through the 13th.
LOCATION: Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce, Kremmling, CO.
View the entire Colorado Pro Rodeo series schedule. Make plans to attend one of these exciting events.